Graduate Student Life Events

In collaboration with partners across campus, Graduate Student Life will present a number of events throughout the 2016-17 academic year. Events include productivity workshops, career and professional development, write-in days, and more! See below for event details and relevant registration information; check back regularly to find out about updates and new events. 

See Spring Event Calendar for a full schedule this term.

Grad Student Welcome Days 

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Grad Student Welcome Days feature events and workshops designed to facilitate students’ successful transition to graduate and professional education at Mason. These programs have been designed to connect new and continuing graduate and professional students to key information, strategies, and resources to promote their success and well-being within the first six weeks of the semester.

Fenwick Open House For Graduate Students

Thursday, September 8, 2016, 4:00-7:00pm
Fenwick Library, 1014

Mason graduate students are cordially invited to Mason Libraries‘ Graduate Student Open House! Stop by and meet your subject librarian, get an overview of key research services, programs, and tools in your discipline, tour Fenwick Library, enjoy refreshments, and learn how we can help you succeed at Mason. Sponsored by University Libraries and Graduate Student Life.


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Johnson Center Meeting Rooms (third floor)

The Hub (Lawn, Patio, and Indoor Spaces)

All new and continuing Mason graduate students are invited to Gradstravaganza, Mason’s annual graduate student welcome event! For more information and registration, visit the Gradstravaganza page.

Innovations in Teaching and Learning Conference: “Cultivating Creative and Reflective Learners”

Friday, September 16, 2016, 8:00am-6:00pm
Johnson Center

The Center for Teaching and Faculty Excellence invites graduate student instructors, faculty, and staff to the 2016 Innovations in Teaching and Learning Conference addressing the theme, “Cultivating Creative and Reflective Learners.” Find out more and register by Sept. 12, earlier bird/limited free registrations for graduate students who apply by Sept. 8, at the Innovations in Teaching and Learning conference webpage.


Maximizing Productivity During Graduate School Workshop Series

Learning Services and Graduate Student Life present “Maximizing Productivity During Graduate School,” a workshop series designed specifically for Mason graduate students. We know you have limited time and are balancing school along with multiple life commitments. In these workshops, learn how to make the most of the time and energy you have while working toward your graduate degree.

We are offering the following workshops during the 2016-17 academic year:

  • Graduate School Reading Strategies: Thursday, Sept. 15, 3:00-4:15pm
  • Overcoming Procrastination Webinar: Thursday, Sept. 22, 12:00-1:00pm
  • Improving Concentration: Tuesday, Oct. 4, 4:30-5:45pm
  • Motivation and Goal Setting Webinar: Monday, Oct. 10, 12:00-1:00pm
  • Scheduling and Time Management Webinar: Friday, Jan. 27, 12:00-1:00pm

For more information, including online registration, visit our Workshop Series page.


Building Community: A Networking Event for Graduate Students, Faculty, and Staff of Color

Date and location TBA

Graduate Student Life, the Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Multicultural Education, African and African American Studies, Graduate and Professional Student Association, and the Office of the Provost invite graduate students, faculty, and staff of color and other interested Mason community members to this networking event to foster inclusion and graduate student success on campus.

Join us for a mixer featuring light refreshments. The program will include brief remarks and opportunities to meet with other graduate students of color and supportive faculty and staff at Mason.

For more information, please contact Graduate Student Life at

Graduate Student Career Workshop: Communicating Your Skills and Experience for Maximum Impact: How to Ace the Behavioral Interview


Friday, Oct. 21, 2016, 12:00-1:30pm
Student Union Building 1, Room 3311

As you plan your search for an internship or new job, do you feel ready to speak about your skills and qualifications to employers? Join Graduate Student Life and University Career Services for a workshop on behavioral interviewing strategies. Employers widely use behavioral interview questions to assess candidates’ competencies and behaviors by asking about past performance. At this workshop, learn how to communicate your skills, qualifications, and experiences for maximum impact during these types of interviews. Ralph Lattanzio, affiliate professor and Employer-in-Residence with Career Services at George Mason University and former Global Director of Recruiting for ExxonMobil, will explain how behavioral event interviewing works, how to understand what employers are really asking, and how to respond, as well as give all participants opportunity to practice the strategies.

Register for this workshop by clicking the button below; registration closes on Monday, Oct. 17. Please bring your Mason ID with you to the workshop.

Grad Night In

Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016, 4:00-10:00pm                      Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017, 7:30-10:30pm
Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016, 4:00-10:00pm                 Thursday, Mar. 23, 2017, 7:30-10:30pm
Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016, 2:00-10:00pm                      Thursday, April 27, 2017, 7:30-10:30pm
Fenwick Library, Room 1014B

Need a break while on campus? Want to meet with your cohort? Working on a group project? Want to meet other Mason grad students and also get some work done? Join Graduate Student Life at Fenwick Library for Grad Night In, a monthly collaborative study date just for Mason grad students! We will provide caffeine and snacks; come with your work and a friend! Come by Fenwick Library, Room 1014B, and stay for a minute or stay for a while — we hope to see you there!

GRADReCon: Graduate Student Research Connections Day

Friday, Nov. 4, 2016, 9:00am-5:00pm
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Build your productivity, research, and writing skills at GRADReCon! Graduate Student Life and University Libraries have partnered with other offices to provide a day of workshops on topics essential to your success in grad school. The full schedule is available online now.




Graduate Student Life Write-In

Fall 2016: Saturday, November 12, 8:30am-5:00pm
Spring 2017: Saturday, April 8, 8:30am-5:00pm

Looking for a way to make progress on your dissertation, thesis, or paper? Graduate Student Life’s Write-In Day will give you group accountability and a space to write with other Mason graduate students who are also serious about getting writing done. Graduate Student Life will provide the space, coffee, meals, and snacks. You need to bring your computer, any other necessary materials, and most importantly, your personal commitment to working diligently and productively.

Registration for the Fall 2016 Write-In Day will begin on Sept. 28. Registration for the Spring 2017 Write-In Day will begin in late February. For more information and online registration, visit If you have any questions, contact Julie Choe Kim, Director of Graduate Student Life, at or Austin A. Deray, G.A. of Graduate Student Life, at

Thriving in Graduate School Workshop Series

The Center for Teaching and Faculty Excellence and Graduate Student Life present “Thriving in Graduate School,” a professional development workshop series designed for Mason graduate students to explore the opportunities and challenges of graduate school with an eye toward facilitating your success in graduate education and in your career. Join Dr. Laura Lukes, Assistant Director for the Center for Teaching and Faculty Excellence, and invited guest facilitators to learn strategies for making the most of your graduate program at Mason.

All workshops will be held on Friday afternoons (times may vary) at the Fairfax campus. Registration is required; spaces are limited.

For more information and dates, check out the Workshops webpage.

Graduate Happy Hours

This term, Graduate Student Life is reviving an old social tradition. We are bringing back Graduate Happy Hour. Grad Life will be hosting two happy hours this term at local Fairfax establishments. Food and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided; grad and professional students will have to purchase their spirited libations.

Monday, Feb. 20, 2017: From 4-7 pm, Graduate Student Life invites all Mason Graduate Students to come to The Greene Turtle for food, drinks, and community.

Monday, April 3, 2017: In conjunction with Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Week,  Graduate Student Life will be hosting a social/happy hour for all  Graduate and Professional Students at Auld Shebeen to show our appreciation. Like our previous happy hour, the event will be held from 4-7 pm and drinks, non-alcoholic, and food will be provided.

Graduate Life Outdoor Adventures

Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017: Hiking Old Rag: One of the most popular hikes in Virginia, Old Rag is a  5-6 hour hike that offers spectacular views of the Shenandoah Mountains both at the summit and along the way. More information and registration, check out the event page.

Saturday and Sunday, April 1-2, 2017: Camp Elizabeth’s Furnace: Located in beautiful Fort Valley, nestled between the Massanutten Mountains, the Elizabeth Furnace group camping area is a great place to escape to for a weekend.  More information and registration, check out the event page.

Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Week 2017

April 1-8, 2017

Join the Graduate and Professional Student Association and Graduate Student Life in celebrating Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Week 2017! During this week, we honor the contributions of Mason’s 10,000+ graduate and professional students. For more information and dates, check out our event page.